This prose is said to have been found in a sentry box on Gibraltar
Our God and Souldiers we alike adore,
Ev’n at the Brink of danger; not before:
After deliverance, both alike required;
Our God’s forgotten, and our Souldiers slighted.
ATTRIBUTION: FRANCIS QUARLES (1592–1644), “Of Common Devotion,” The Complete Works in Prose and Verse of Francis Quarles, ed. Alexander B. Grosart, vol. 2, p. 205 (1880).
In a 27 November 1962 speech by President Kennedy, quoted it.
President John F. Kennedy quoted this in remarks to members of the First Armored Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia, November 26, 1962: “Many years ago, according to the story, there was found in a sentry box in Gibraltar a poem which said:
God and the soldier, all men adore
In time of danger and not before
When the danger is passed and all things righted,
God is forgotten and the soldier slighted.
This country does not forget God or the soldier. Upon both we now depend. Thank you.”
— Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1962, p. 840. The First Armored Division had been deployed during the Cuban crisis.
It was also used by Henry Laurens in a letter to George Washington.
Doesn't look like The West is going to remember God, until the danger hits.
Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of My Knowledge: because thou hast rejected My Knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to Me: seeing thou hast forgotten The Law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Sura 2:216. Fighting is prescribed for you, and ye dislike it. But it is possible that ye dislike a thing which is good for you, and that ye love a thing which is bad for you. But God knoweth, and ye know not (which is which)."
2:190. Fight in the Cause of God those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for God loveth not transgressors.
2:191. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Holy Place, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith.
2:192. But if they cease, God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.
2:193. And fight them on until there is no more tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in God; but if they cease, let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.
20:1 When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, [and] a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the "I AM" thy God [is] with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt [slavery].
20:2 And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people,
20:3 And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts faint, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them;
20:4 For the "I AM" your God [is] He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.